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Glendale ekes past P-O
Saturday, December 29, 2012
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
WILLIAMSBURG - After playing Philipsburg-Osceola in a scrimmage, Glendale head coach John Matchock had a good gameplan in place for the opening round of the Williamsburg Holiday Tournament on Friday afternoon.
All that went out the window when captain Katelyn Matthews went down after trying to draw a charge with 1:07 left in the first half.
But Matthews returned in the second half, and the Lady Vikings put together a fantastic fourth quarter, holding off a late charge by the Lady Mounties to win 35-33.
"I think what won it for us was our defense in the fourth quarter," said Matchock. "We got a lot of rebounds. We didn't give them second and third opportunities. We gave them one shot, if they got a shot off at all. We played really good defense. I keep preaching to them that defense will win you games, and I think it won us one today."
Glendale led 6-0 early, thanks to a basket from Matthews and two more by Cassidy Noel.
"Surprisingly, we came out and played well in the first quarter," Matchock said. "It was one of those mid-afternoon games and we aren't used to that. Plus, it's Christmas break. But, we came out pretty good in the first quarter.
"We just didn't keep that intensity up and we went into this little lull and let Philipsburg back into the game."
The Lady Mounties finally got on the scoreboard with 2:56 to go in the first quarter, and finished out the frame with a 6-3 run.
P-O also ended the second quarter after Matthews' injury with a 3-0 run to take a 20-17 lead at the half. The Lady Mounties then held the lead the entire third quarter, despite being outscored by the Lady Vikings, 8-6.
"Katelyn is our leader," Matchock said. "When she went down, we got a little confused on what we were supposed to be doing. But, she came back. That's one of the things I try to instill in them is that when someone is coming down the court to take the charge. I thought she got it."
Down just 26-25 after three, Glendale took charge in the fourth.
The Lady Vikings, led by six points from Matthews in the frame, outscored P-O, 10-7, in the final quarter.
"We were actually surprised we were as close as we were after we played the first quarter," Lady Mounties head coach Doug Myers said. "And then to be leading at halftime ... we played by far our worst game of the year. We couldn't make a shot. We didn't rebound offensively. We just played really, really bad.
"John had his team ready. They played well and they played smart. They made the shots when they needed to make them. They outhustled us and outplayed us. We have to get better. We have to coach better, practice better and play better."
Matthews scored the first two buckets of the fourth, followed by a jumper from teammate Shannon Ricketts to go ahead 31-26.
Philipsburg-Osceola's Abby Showers answered with a basket of her own to cut the lead to 31-28.
After another Matthews basket off an inbounds pass, the Lady Mounties got a big 3 from Haylee Hayward to put the score at 33-31.
A fantastic play by Glendale's Kristal Peterson resulted in a basket to extend the advantage to 35-31 with 56 seconds to play.
A bucket by Briana Rusnak cut the score to 35-33 with 35 seconds to go. But the Lady Mounties struggled to foul any of the Glendale ball handlers, finally getting the call with less than 15 seconds to play.
The Lady Vikings missed the shot, which went out of bounds, giving P-O one last shot to tie the game or win it with a 3.
The first attempt to get the ball in was met with a block that sent the ball into the scorer's table. The Lady Mounties called timeout with 3.0 left to draw up a play that would involve bringing the ball in right in front of the Glendale bench.
The play worked, as Hayward was able to get off a shot, but it missed just right and was rebounded by Matthews, who held the ball as time ran out.
"Everyone that got in contributed something," said Matchock. "We brought Shannon Ricketts in and she contributed. She scored two points and got some steals and rebounds. It's just nice to know that if we get in that situation again, I have some younger girls who can come in and help the team out."
Matthews led all scorers with 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Noel netted 13 points and four rebounds. Peterson had eight rebounds, while Courtney McMurray and Noel had four each.
"She's a good shooter," said Matchock of Noel. "When she gets her open looks and has time to square up and shoot, she will make most of them. Luckily, she was on tonight."
P-O's high scorer was Rusnak, who had 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, as well as three blocks.
"Briana played pretty good," Myers said. "We do depend on her a lot, probably too much. But she plays hard and she does the best she can.
"We just have to keep trying to get better."
The Lady Mounties dropped to 1-6 overall and play Moshannon Valley this evening in the consolation game at 6.
Glendale improved to 4-3 overall and plays Williamsburg in the championship game at 7:30 p.m.

Burge 1 0-0 2, Hayward 2 3-3 8, Showers 2 1-4 5, Myers 3 0-0 6, Meersand 1 0-0 2, Rusnak 4 2-2 10, Whitehead 0 0-0 0, Bone 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 6-9 33.
Reed 0 0-2 0, McMurray 0 0-1 0, Matthews 7 3-4 17, Potter 0 0-0 0, Peterson 1 1-2 3, Kimberly 0 0-1 0, Kutruff 0 0-0 0, Noel 6 1-2 13, Ricketts 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 5-12 35.
Three-pointers: Hayward.
Score by Quarters
Philipsburg-Osceola  6 14 6  7-33
Glendale                 9  8 8 10-35
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